Oct. 22 lecture on Toussaint L'Ouverture's years as a slave

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Harvard Fellow Philippe Girard will present a colloquium on Toussaint Loverture's early life as a slave on Wed., Oct. 22 at 12 p.m. The event is free and open to the public . Dr. Girard is an esteemed historian of Haiti who is the head of the History Department at McNeese State University. He is presently working with Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. at Harvard's W.E.B. DuBois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center. The event will take place at the Thompson room, Barker Center, 12 Quincy St. Cambridge, MA. Read more

Reflections on the Death of an Unpunished Dictator

Patrick SylvainPatrick SylvainI was barely five years old when François Duvalier died and his nineteen year-old-son was sworn in as President in April 1971. This was done after the Haitian constitution was amended with neither national referendum nor proper parliamentary procedures to account for the dramatic change in the age requirement, from forty years of age to nineteen.

I remember my mom dressing me up for school: I had on a new pair of ankle-high black boots, khaki shorts and a white shirt. We had barely reached the first bend in the road when my grandfather quickly ran after us, ordering us to come back. I knew something was wrong, as other families scurried back into their homes. It was the first time that I recollect seeing my family gathered around a large radio in the living room; it was then that I had learned of the passing of a President. Read more

Saturday forum takes aim at Domestic Violence

The Association Haitian Women of Boston —also known as AFAB— will host their annual Violence Prevention Forum this Saturday, August 9 at the Whittier Street Health Center, 1290 Tremont St. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Read more

AFAB Annual Domestic Violence Forum

Aug. 9, 2014 - 9:00 am

The Association Haitian Women of Boston will host their annual Domestic Violence Forum happening Saturday August 9, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Whittier Street Health Center on 1290 Tremont St., in Roxbury.

For more information, please contact AFAB at 617-287-0096 or cbonhometre@afab-kafanm.org

The Strand Theatre and WGBH Present A Preview Screening and Discussion of "Freedom Summer"

Jun. 23, 2014 - 6:30 pm

The Mayor's Office of Art, Tourism and Special Events, in collaboration with the Strand Theatre and WGBH, will present a special preview and discussion of the new American Experience film, Freedom Summer, on Monday June 23, 2014, from 6:30PM to 8:00PM. Read more

The National Association of Haitian Professionals (NAHP) to Host 3rd Annual Conference at Harvard University

Nov. 14, 2014 - 1:30 pm

The National Association of Haitian Professionals (NAHP) will host their 3rd annual conference on Haiti Diaspora Engagement & Innovation themed, "Haiti Beyond Haiti – Policies and Pathways to Effective Diaspora Engagement". This event is held on November 14th and 15th in the Prestigious Campus of Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

For more information on the 3rd annual conference, including sponsorship, speaker information, event registration, schedule and volunteering please visit http://nahpconference.org/

Boston Launches First-Ever Immigrant Heritage Celebration at the Boston Public Library

Jun. 21, 2014 - 12:00 pm

The launch of the first-ever Immigrant Heritage Month in the City of Boston will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014, from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM at the Boston Public Library. Come for live music, fun activities and enjoy the exhibit “City of Neighborhoods: The Changing Face of Boston.” Read more

Get help renewing Temporary Protected Status at IIIC

In March and April, the Irish International Immigrant Center assisted 165 Haitian individuals and families renew their Temporary Protected Status (“TPS”) with many having already been approved and received their work permits. TPS also provides eligibility for in-state tuition.

When renewal of Temporary Protect Status for Haitians was announced in March 2014, a full month earlier than expected, the IIIC immediately responded in order to smoothly handle the renewal period.

Thanks to an Arbella Insurance Foundation grant, IIIC was able to provide the legal and administrative support necessary for TPS renewal at minimal or no cost to the immigrants served. Read more

Unity Parade starts at 1p.m. in Mattapan Square

Unity parade starts at 1p.m. in Mattapan Square: The annual parade features marching bands, floats, dancers and dignitaries- all celebrating Haitian and Haitian-American culture. Photo by Don WestUnity parade starts at 1p.m. in Mattapan Square: The annual parade features marching bands, floats, dancers and dignitaries- all celebrating Haitian and Haitian-American culture. Photo by Don WestThe annual Haitian Unity Parade begins today at 1p.m. in Mattapan Square on Blue Hill Ave. and follows a route to Talbot Avenue. Watch for road closures between River Street and Talbot between 1-3 p.m. More than 200 local organizations, schools and businesses from all over New England are expected to participate. The parade will be led by Henry Milorin of Medford, Mass, a respected Haitian American US Army Retired as Grand Marshall for this year.

The event will feature lead sponsors Mayor Martin Walsh, State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, Former State Representative Marie St. Fleur, and host of city and state public officials. Read more

Haitian Flag Raising Ceremony at Boston City Hall

May. 16, 2014 - 12:00 pm

19th Annual Haitian Flag Raising Ceremony: The Haitian flag will be raised on Friday, May 16 between 12-2 p.m., at Boston’s City Hall in Government Center. Participants will include high school students, cultural groups, and city and state officials. The ceremony will be preceded by a breakfast at 10:30 A.M. on the fifth floor of City Hall. The annual breakfast with local Haitian leaders and City Councillors is sponsored by Councilors Michael Flaherty, Stephen J. Murphy, and Timothy P. McCarthy. Several other cities including Brockton and Medford will each hold similar events.

Haitian Heritage Month Celebration at the Irish International Immigrant Center

May. 28, 2014 - 4:00 pm

Please join the Irish International Immigrant Center in celebrating Haitian Heritage Month as we recognize the importance of the countries and cultures within our community.

Featuring:
Compa dancing lessons| Haitian- Creole language activities| Trivia and many more fun activities.

Please RSVP with Johanne Meleance at jmeleance@iiicenter.org

14th Annual Haitian American Unity Parade

May. 18, 2014 - 1:00 pm

14th Annual Haitian American Unity Parade, 1 p.m., Blue Hill Ave., begins from Mattapan Sq. More than 200 local organizations, schools and businesses from all over New England are expected to participate. The parade will be led by Henry Milorin of Medford, MA, a respected Haitian American US Army,Retired as Grand Marshall. The event will feature lead sponsors Mayor Martin Walsh, State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry, former State Representative Marie St. Fleur, and host of city and state public officials.

Reception kicks off BPL's Toussaint Louverture exhibit

May. 27, 2014 - 5:30 pm

A reception honoring Haitian Founding Father Toussaint Louverture, including lectures and testimonies, will be offered at the Mattapan Public Library to launch an art exhibition featuring portraits of Haitian Founding Father Toussaint Louverture. This event is coordinated in partnership with the office of City Councilor Charles Yancey, the Haitian Artists Assembly of Massachusetts, Muzikavanhu Gallery and the Boston Public Library. It will start May 20, anniversary of Louverture's birthday to June 30th.

Dr. Nesly Metayer
Location
1350 Blue Hill Avenue
Mattapan, MA 02126

Human rights lawyers will be honored for Haiti work

On Sunday, March 23rd, community activists will gather at the Hawthorne Hotel in Salem to celebrate the 22nd annual Salem Award for Human Rights and Social Justice. The award will be presented to Mario Joseph and Brian Concannon, Jr. in recognition of their work to promote human rights in Haiti. Read more

Senator Forry to keynote Independence Day gala in Randolph on Jan. 4

Haitian-Americans United, Inc. (H.A.U.) of Boston, Massachusetts and the General Consulate of Haiti in Boston announce the 13th Annual Haitian Independence Day Gala to be held on Saturday, January 4th, 2014 starting 7p.m. at Lombardo's Function Hall in Randolph, Mass.

For the past 12 years, H.A.U. has organized the Independence Day gala to celebrate the triumph and the impact of the 1791 Haitian Slave Revolution, honor Haiti's forefathers and commemorate the anniversary of the proclamation of Haiti's independence on January 1st, 1804. The gala has been held also to increase cultural awareness and community visibility, strengthen Haitian unity on common ground and educate Haitian-American Youth about their heritage.

In addition, this year's gala will be dedicated to honor the First Massachusetts Haitian-American State Senator, our keynote Speaker Linda Dorcena Forry for her steady leadership in the area of business development, education and immigration issues; and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino for his commitment to the well-being and the progress of Haitian-Americans as well as making Boston a welcoming city for immigrants in general. Read more

Online Auction to Raise Money for Boston-based Haitian institute

A self-portrait by Mathieu Jeanbaptiste.

Thanks to a group of generous Boston-based artists, the Institute for Justice and Democracy in Haiti (IJDH) will hold an online Haitian art auction beginning January 10, 2014.

The Andrew Square-based IJDH helps individual Haitians enforce their basic rights—in the courts, in police stations, and on the streets—in ways that force the justice system to work better for all Haitians. The featured artists all hail from Haiti and include Boston Haitian artists Charlot Lucien, Colette Brésilla, Renold Laurent, and Fritz Duchiene. The auction also features a self-portrait by up-and-coming artist, Mathieu Jeanbaptiste. Read more

Casino partners plan Sept. 10 vendors’ forum in Roxbury

East Boston is in the pole position when it comes to reaping jobs and vendor contracts from a proposed resort casino at Suffolk Downs. But the partners behind the project are starting to reach out to Boston’s other neighborhoods as well— beginning with a Sept. 10 “business partnership forum” at the Reggie Lewis Center in Roxbury. Read more

Erick Jean Center for the Arts to be dedicated on Saturday

arbara Verneus danced during the I Am Kreyol bazaar held at the Erick Jean Center for the Arts on May 25. The facility at 157 Washington Street will host its grand opening on Sat., June 22 at 11 a.m. The Dorchester Arts Collaborative (DAC) welcomes the public to the daylong grand opening of the Erick Jean Center for the Arts. The EJCA is a 1200 sq. ft multifunctional art facility across the street from the new Four Corners train station, in the heart of Four Corners. Photo by ExFailures Photography

On Saturday, the Dorchester Arts Collaborative (DAC) welcomes the public beginning at 11 a.m. to the daylong grand opening of the Erick Jean Center for the Arts. The EJCA is a 1200 sq. ft multifunctional art facility across the street from the new Four Corners/Geneva train station, in the heart of Four Corners. DAC held a “soft” preview opening of the space in mid-February. Read more

Linda Dorcena Forry sworn in as State Senator

Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, introduced by Senate President Therese Murray as "another Dorchester girl," joined the Upper Chamber just after 2 p.m. Thursday after being sworn in by Gov. Deval Patrick.

"There is work we are going to do together," a jubilant Dorcena Forry said in remarks from the Senate rostrum.

Dorcena Forry called for her colleagues to work together and to rise above politics and campaigning, and described Murray, a Plymouth Democrat with Dorchester roots, as "an inspiration to me." Read more

Brockton to celebrate Haitian flag day

May. 17, 2013 - 9:00 am

BROCKTON — Mayor Linda M. Balzotti invites the public to join in the City of Brockton’s Haitian Flag celebration.

WHAT: Haitian Flag Day

WHERE: City Hall Plaza

45 School St.

Brockton, Mass. 02301

WHEN: Friday, May 17th – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

A collaboration between the Mayor’s Office and South Shore Haitians United for Progress, Inc., the ceremony will include guest speakers, musical performances and a flag raising. Read more

Boston Haitian woman among those hurt in marathon bombings

A 30 year-old Mattapan mother is among the victims recovering from a terrible injury sustained in Monday's terror attack on Boylston Street. Marie Daniel lost her leg when one of two explosions tore through a crowd of innocents standing near the finish line.

Her husband, Richardson Daniel, said that she is now in stable condition thanks to heroic work of first responders and caregivers at Massachusetts General Hospital, who saved her life.

"Her heart stopped twice," said Mr. Daniels, a native of Haiti, like his young wife. "They re-animated her in the ER and again in the operating room. They needed to operate on her right away. She is getting excellent care." Read more

Flag-raising ceremony at Boston City Hall

May. 17, 2013 - 12:00 pm

The Haitian-Americans United, Inc. (H.A.U.) in collaboration with the General Consulate of Haiti in Boston, is pleased to invite the general public to participate in a series of events to celebrate the 2013 Haitian Heritage Month in Massachusetts.

As for the past years, H.A.U. will coordinate three major events (one in collaboration with Haitian-American State Representative Linda Dorcena Forry) for the Haitian Heritage Month: Read more

Haitian Unity Parade on Blue Hill Avenue

May. 19, 2013 - 1:00 pm

Haitian Unity Parade on Blue Hill Avenue: Photo by Idly GaletteHaitian Unity Parade on Blue Hill Avenue: Photo by Idly Galette
The Haitian-Americans United, Inc. (H.A.U.) in collaboration with the General Consulate of Haiti in Boston, is pleased to invite the general public to participate in a series of events to celebrate the 2013 Haitian Heritage Month in Massachusetts.

The 13th annual Haitian-American Unity Parade will take place on Blue Hill Avenue, Sunday, May 19, starting in Mattapan Square at 1PM. More than one hundred local organizations, schools and businesses from all over New England, floats and marching bands are expected to participate. This year the parade will be led by Grand Marshal, Reverend Marc Antoine Biennestin, President of the New England Haitian Pastors Association. Read more

Freedom Rising: Danny Glover, Edwidge Danticat will shine spotlight on Haiti's role in America's emancipation

Toussaint L'Ouverture portrait by de GirardinToussaint L'Ouverture portrait by de GirardinIn commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation and of the first black Civil War troops from the North, several Greater Boston educational, historical, and cultural organizations are collaborating to present Freedom Rising: The 150th Anniversary of The Emancipation Proclamation and African American Military Service in the Civil War from May 2 through 4, 2013.

On Saturday, May 4, a special performance called "Roots of Liberty – The Haitian Revolution and the American Civil War" will be staged at the Tremont Temple Baptist Church, 88 Tremont St., Boston at 5 p.m.. Produced by Underground Railway Theater, in residence at Central Square Theater, the performance will include special guests Danny Glover, author Edwidge Danticat, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Danny Glover will be performing one of the key historical figures in Roots of Liberty.

The first-ever performance celebrates the Haitian revolutionary hero Toussaint Louverture and the impact of the Haitian Revolution on the American Civil War – the antislavery movement and African American soldiers. It is set in Boston’s historic Tremont Temple, where the Emancipation Proclamation was read in 1863. Read more

‘Kreyol’-flavored bazaar takes roots at Erick Jean Center for the Arts

This Saturday, March 23 from at 4-8p.m., former Mattapan resident I AM KREYOL: Joëlle Jean-FontaineI AM KREYOL: Joëlle Jean-Fontaine is heading up the first of what she hopes will become a monthly event, the “I AM KRÉYOL” Bazaar. She bills it as “a monthly arts’ market showcasing a variety of creative disciplines, including but not limited to fashion, visual art, music, culinary, and film.”

This 32-year-old designer and entrepeneuse is experienced at organizing free arts afternoons to attract customers to her fashion shows and displays. For example, she held one such event at the Great Hall in Codman Square during the 2011 Dorchester Open Studios.

The four-hour sale will take place at the Dorchester Arts Collaborative’s brand-new the Erick Jean Center for the Arts at 157A Washington Street, a multipurpose space named for the late Haitian community activist and lawyer.

Jean-Fontaine, who also offers styling services for photo shoots and music artists, says her KRÉYOL fashion line is inspired by her native land. "It is very important to me to show the Haitian people, especially Haitian women, as very strong, very passionate, very sensual." Read more